Connecticut's first diabetes day camp in 20 years gives patients a chance for summer fun

Published on Monday, 12 August 2019 20:17
Written by Marlese Lessing


NEW BRITAIN – Patients and families of the Connecticut Children’s Diabetes program attended a diabetes camp in Meriden YMCA Mountain Mist Day Camp from Aug. 5-9, according to a press release from Joan Goodman, Membership and Marketing Director for the Meriden, New Britain and Berlin YMCAs. This is the first diabetes day camp in Connecticut in over 20 years.

The camp, under the direction of Dr. Cem Demirci, is a collaboration with the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and Lions Club, as well as the YMCAs of New Britain, Berlin and Meriden. Campers aged 6 to 13 years old got to participate in traditional camp recreation, such as swimming, arts and crafts, games and other activities. The camp is a “dream come true” for Demirci, who is in charge of day-to-day diabetes management for the campers, according to the press release.

“The main reason to have a diabetes camp for the kids (and families) is providing a medically safe environment which fosters peer relations, fun and diabetes education,” Goodman said in an email. “Not only (do) kids get to learn about improving their management, but also our endocrinology fellows (four MDs) who participate as medical staff learn day to day management skills in different circumstances.”

While this year’s camp registration has ended, those interested in future programs, or the New Britain and Berlin YMCAs, can contact Marci Moskal, branch executive director, at 860-276-7869, 860-229-3787 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Monday, 12 August 2019 20:17. Updated: Monday, 12 August 2019 20:19.